Attorney General Funding for Environmental Benefit Projects
In legal settlements of environmental enforcement investigations and lawsuits, the Office of the Attorney General may obtain money from the target to fund projects to mitigate harm to public health or the environment in New York, or to improve New York's environment. Typically, where funds are provided for environmental mitigation or improvements (often termed "Environmental Benefit Projects" or simply, "EBPs"), the settlement agreement specifies the type of projects for which the funding may be used.
When dedicating EBP monies to projects, the Office of the Attorney General seeks to use the funding as a catalyst for environmental improvements, thereby maximizing the benefits provided by the funding. Accordingly, where possible, the office looks to fund models or demonstration projects that can be replicated elsewhere to address environmental priorities. For example, Attorney General Schneiderman has dedicated $400,000 obtained from a settlement under the federal Clean Air Act against a power plant company to establish the "Adirondack Acid Rain Recovery Program," a grant program that will fund projects aimed at demonstrating the most efficient and effective methods of reversing acid rain's continuing harms to the Adirondack environment.*
Currently, the Office of the Attorney General has Environmental Benefit Project funding that have not been fully committed in the following area(s):
- Roughly $4.7 million obtained from a federal Clean Air Act settlement with American Electric Power (www.ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-obtains-further-air-pollution-cuts-and-environmental-funding-nys). This settlement stipulates that the funding is to support projects that "pertain to energy efficiency and/or pollution reduction."
Note: This website will be updated as additional funding for Environmental Benefit Projects as it comes available.
The Office of the Attorney General welcomes proposals from the public on projects to receive funding from uncommitted monies obtained from the above legal settlement(s). If you have such a proposal, we ask that you submit your name and contact information along with a short (2-page maximum) description of the proposal project that addresses the following:
- Project summary, including need;
- Objectives and specific goals;
- Implementers, including project partners;
- Methodology and general work plan, including timeline;
- Measurable and transferable project outcomes; and
- Proposed budget
Project proposals should be submitted to the Office of Attorney General's Environmental Protection Bureau at OAG.EBP@ag.ny.gov
Additionally, the Office of the Attorney General occasionally makes Environmental Benefit Project funds available through competitive grants programs. This website will be updated to identify opportunities to participate in related Request for Proposals as they come available.
Note: The Office of the Attorney General and State Department of Environmental Conservation are jointly overseeing the implementation of the $19.5 million "Greenpoint Environmental Benefit Projects Program" created with money obtained from a 2001 settlement with ExxonMobil related to its oil spill in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. To learn more about this Program, and participate in community decision-making related to the funding of local EBPs, visit the Program's website at: www.ag.ny.gov/environmental/greenpoint-environmental-benefit-projects
* For more information or to participate in that grant program, please contact the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) at 518-862-1090 or 1-866-NYSERDA (toll free).